Tolkien: An Unexpected Sainthood
Interest in pursuing Catholic sainthood for J.R.R. Tolkien has lately been re-energized by a special Mass and a new social media campaign. On September 2, the first mass for the canonization of J.R.R. Tolkien was held. Matt Showering described the

Pixel Scroll 10/28/17 You’re So Scroll, You Probably Think This Pixel’s About You
YOUNG PEOPLE READ NOT SO OLD SFF. As part of a planned change-of-pace, James Davis Nicoll unleashed the Young People Read Old SFF panel on some very new sf indeed — “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer. We’ve cycled

Ninth Circuit Lifts Gag Order in SDCC v SLCC Suit
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week refused to sustain the district court’s gag order on the litigants in the San Diego Comic-Con’s suit against Salt Lake Comic Con and its organizers, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg. The

Menuge Wins Seat 14C Contest
After receiving 1,400+ stories from 74 countries, we have a winner. Read the story of the passenger in #Seat14C??: — XPRIZE (@xprize) September 27, 2017 “Didos Lament” by Aidan J.S. Menuge is the winner of XPRIZE’s Seat 14C writing

Register for Odyssey Online Writing Workshops
The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is offering three live, intensive online classes this winter. While Odyssey’s nonprofit mission is to help writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, however, writers of all genres are welcome to apply. Full information can be

Fan Theories About Star Trek Discovery
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: BEWARE SPOILERS (1) Is Ash Tyler a Klingon spy? ScreenRant has the story: “Star Trek: Discovery: Is [SPOILER] a Klingon Spy?”. The fifth episode of Star Trek: Discovery, titled “Choose Your Pain,” at last debuted a

Pixel Scroll 10/27/17 Dark Scroll Crashes, Pouring Pixels Into Ashes
ASSUAGING YOUR TBR GUILT. Fantasy-Faction’s Nicola Alter playfully advises about “Coping with Reading Guilt in 7 Easy Steps”. Signs you might suffer from Reading Guilt of one form or another can include: 1. The pile of unread books on

New York’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lottery Ads
Two hilarious New York Take 5 Lottery commercials posted this month: Medieval Game-of-Thrones take-off: Aliens invade: [Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

Justice League “Thunder” Trailer
Justice League comes to cinemas November 17. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and

Pixel Scroll 10/26/17 He Came Scrolling Across The Pixels With His Godstalks And Guns
BEAMING UP OR BEAMING DOWN? How likely is The Orville to stick around? Follow the ratings chart and compare it to the competition. Although interest has tailed off since the first couple of episodes, its audience is comparable to

2017 British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Winners
The British Fantasy Society has announced the results of its 2017 Short Story Competition?. First place “Revive” by Richard Salazar Second place “Sacrament” by Charlotte Platt Third place “Labyrinth of the Sun” by Matt Colborn The competition judge Allen Ashley also

It’s Godzilla!
Look for the new animated Godzilla movie on November 11 in Japan. See all the trailers and art, and read more about the production in Japanese and English at the Godzilla-anime site. The final summer of the 20th century… when

Emma Newman’s Industrial Magic Series
By Carl Slaughter: The first two books in Emma Newman’s Industrial Magic series have come out from Tor this year. BROTHER’S RUIN by Emma Newman Released March 14, 2017 The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to

Pixel Scroll 10/25/17 Blue, Blue Pixels Behind The Stars, Yellow Scroll On The Rise
TRAINING WHEELS. Travel from Chicago to next year’s San Jose Worldcon as part of Traincon 4. The organizers now have a FaceBook page. Here’s the URL. Janice Murphy forwarded the basic info posted by Bill Thomasson, saying the cost

Pixel Scroll 10/24/17 Harry Pixel And The Undeserved Scroll
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RADCH. Ann Leckie gave away “Provenance Vestiges” on her book tour. See some of them at the link. For the trilogy, I was giving out pins, which was great fun, but in all honestly were

Robert Guillaume (1927–2017)
By Steve Green: Robert Guillaume, US actor and director, died October 24, aged 89. Best-known for the sitcom Soap (50 episodes, 1977-80) and its spin-off Benson (159 episodes, 1979-86), his genre appearances include The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982),

Review: Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Review by Mike Glyer: Three of the four short novels in Joe Hill’s Strange Weather merge nightmarish technology and mythic predicaments in a way bound to fascinate sff fans, while the fourth is rooted in gun-related horrors the daily news

Down One at the Dep’t of Terminology
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1256) While in Chicago for law school I lived on the Near North Side. This was not meant as a defection from Hyde Park my childhood home, just closer to school. Going to Antioch

Pixel Scroll 10/23/17 A Long Scroll To A Small Angry Pixel
ASKING FOR A MULLIGAN. The Hugo Award Book Club casts aspersions on a 2001 winner in “Harry Potter and the Undeserved Hugo”. If Hugo Award voters had the prescience to have recognized (via award or nomination) Harry Potter and

Worldcon 76 Progress Report #1
Made available to members early this month, Worldcon 76’s Progress Report #1 has now been unlocked as a free read for fandom at large. Hot off the presses, the October 2017 Progress Report (PR 1.0) is chock full of information

Surrounding Cast of Thirteenth Doctor Who Announced
Meet the 13th Doctor’s new friends! Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) #DoctorWho — Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 22, 2017 Radio Times reports “Doctor

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